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Electronic Design Automation And Fabrication At Ferris State University

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.179.1 - 1.179.4



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Clare F. Cook

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Clare F. Cook Ferris State University

Abstract This paper describes the upgrading of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools in an Electronic Engineering Technology (BSEET) program using funding from the National Science Foundation’s Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant Program. The grant allowed replacement of existing EDA hardware and software with new EDA tools to enhance existing courses in the junior and senior year.

Ten (10) Sun Microsystems workstations coupled with Mentor Graphics EDA tools allow design, simulation, programming and layout of mixed technology systems. The mix of technology includes, microprocessors, analog devices, programmable logic devices and hardware description languages.

This enhancement has contributed to major modifications in four (4) courses of the BSEET and two (2) courses in the new Computer Networks and Systems (CNS) program. These modifications are taking place over a two year period to allow review of modifications and to make appropriate adjustments in subsequent implementations.

Introduction Ferris State University is a state supported institution with approximately ten thousand students. The university is comprehensive with over one hundred programs from associate to doctoral level. The College of Technology provides a variety of engineering technology programs including Manufacturing, Plastics, Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology and others. The Electrical/Electronics Department supports three degree programs; an Associate in Industrial Electronic Technology, a Bachelor in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (TAC-ABET accredited) and a new Bachelor degree in Computer Networks and Systems.

Since 1988, EDA tools have been used in several classes of the BSEET program.’” Since the tools were in a highly integrated environment, implementation took the form of projects that started with a 3 concept and carried the project through fabrication. Because of the age of the workstations and software, an upgrade was desired but difficult to fund. In 1993, a successful NSF-ILI grant was written to upgrade and expand this EDA capability.

EDA System Software The former software used was the Vanguard design system, a product of Case Technologies (now supported by Sophia Systems). This EDA environment is an integrated environment that contains schematic 4 capture, simulation (PSpice), printed circuit layout, autorouting and document editing. This environment

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Cook, C. F. (1996, June), Electronic Design Automation And Fabrication At Ferris State University Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6011

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